New York Threatens to Sue Trump Over DACA

Posted: Sep 04, 2017 4:11 PM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is ready to sue President Trump if the DACA decision goes in a direction he and his attorney general don't like.

Cuomo, along with Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, said in a statement Monday that should Trump go through with this "cruel" decision to end DACA, it would devastate tens of thousands of New Yorkers.

"Dreamers are Americans in every way," Cuomo and Schneiderman insist.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would prevent illegal immigrants from immediate deportation if they came to the U.S. as minors. 

CNN interviewed a DREAMer on Monday named Santiago Tobar Potes who attends Columbia University. He spoke for his fellow DACA recipients by noting that many of the "undocumented" citizens in the U.S. grew up here and it's the only home they know. He also argued that the "rule of law" has often failed America, particularly in regards to slavery and Japanese internment.

Some Republican leaders are also defending DACA. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), for instance, noted that children should not be held accountable for their parents' criminal actions.

Trump himself has had mixed feelings on the program. He was strongly against it in the campaign, but has softened his tone a bit since becoming president. In any case, it seems he's made up his mind, telling the media this weekend that a decision is imminent. The White House corroborated that statement, noting that the announcement will be made by Tuesday.